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Sourcefabric powers quality journalism worldwide through software development and services.
Sourcefabric is Europe’s largest developer of open source tools for news media. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, Sourcefabric z.ú. brings together minds from all corners of the globe to promote media development through the creation of open source software. All of our tools are open source and free to download: Superdesk, Live Blog and Airtime.
We work with some of the most prestigious news organisations around the world and our goal is to become a household name in newsrooms everywhere.
We offer a range of services from managed hosting (SaaS) and support, to bespoke feature development and integration into existing workflows. Our international list of clients includes online-only and multi-channel newspapers, radio stations, self-publishing and print-on-demand service providers as well as NGOs and news agencies.
Sourcefabric develops and maintains a strong media development portfolio which has enabled us to work in some of the most challenging political environments since our inception in 2010. In this way, our open source code is our contribution to the dissemination of free speech. As a nonprofit organisation, we solicit grants and funding on a project-by-project basis.
The Sourcefabric family has about 50 team members located across the globe in 14 countries, with office locations in Prague and Toronto.
Sourcefabric received a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism in 2011, a Guardian Megas Award for Digital Innovation in 2012, and an African News Innovation Challenge Award in 2012.
Mission and History
Our mission is to bridge the digital divide in media. By making state-of-the-art journalism tools available to organisations and individuals in need of better technology, we aim to support the future of quality independent journalism as the lifeblood of democratic societies.
From Australia to Zimbabwe, we partner with organisations around the world to develop, maintain and distribute a robust open-source code base for journalism that benefits everyone.
We believe in giving independent voices a competitive advantage through technology so that they can speak truth to power and tell the stories that matter.
In 2001, the Media Development Loan Fund (now the Media Development Investment Fund) launched the Campware initiative to support open source solutions for independent news media organisations in emerging democracies. The Sourcefabric partners Sava Tatić, Micz Flor and Douglas Arellanes were among the key people behind Campware.
Campware consolidated a lot of work that had been happening since 1999 to develop user-centric, financially-viable, multilingual platforms for journalists.
In 2010, Sourcefabric was set up as the continuation of that endeavour, but with greatly expanded aims and a new organisational structure.
Both the journalist's 'source' (the origin of information) and the programmer's 'source' (the code on which software is built) are vital to the work we do.
We are concerned with the 'fabric' of these things - their structures, relations and interactions. At the core of our experience and vision is a commitment to enable quality journalism. We do this through open source software and services that address these structures with solutions that are flexible, strong and interwoven; just like fabric.
If our philosophy resonates with you and we sound like a company that you would like to be a part of, join us, work for Sourcefabric!
Having been there from the beginning, Sava has both the history and the future firmly in his sights. In 1999 he left his journalism career to lead the development of digital technology solutions for news media at Media Development Loan Fund’s Center for Advanced Media-Prague (CAMP). In 2010 he oversaw its spin-off as Sourcefabric. Hailing from Belgrade (a Partizan fan if you’re interested), Sava picked up a few languages (and his passion for Rio’s Vasco da Gama) as he moved around the world. He practices yoga and enjoys playing basketball and four-stringed musical instruments.
One of the founders of Sourcefabric, Douglas is an American expatriate who has lived in the Czech Republic since 1992 (though he claims Dakar has the best music anywhere in the world and Cape Town the best scenery). Previous roles have included new media consultant for the Media Development Loan Fund, special projects director at Contactel (a subsidiary of TeleDanmark), and co-founder of First Tuesday Praha, an organisation devoted to helping internet start-ups. Doug is a member of the board of the Prague Civil Society Centre, a nonprofit promoting civil society in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. He's also a DJ on Prague's Radio 1 on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Micz Flor is a entrepreneur, media developer and project manager based in Berlin. Since 1995 he has been at the heart of innovation on the web, running a variety of events, social technology companies, agencies and media houses. In 2000 Micz began work as a media developer for Eastern Europe and Asia at the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), where he met his fellow Sourcefabric co-founders. Sourcefabric is now Europe's largest open source organisation providing software, support and consultation for independent media.
Zuzanna has extensive experience in international business. She has worked in financial management and administration for a variety of companies, ranging from law firms in Eastern Europe to mining operations in Africa.
Holman has been using Linux since the very beginning of his programming days, playing with all sorts of GNU tools and the kernel itself. He started working as a volunteer for the Free Software Foundation (as code reviewer, programmer, translator) where he learned Scheme, Guile and of course the ubiquitous C. He is also a self-proclaimed "Emacsniac” (takes one to know one), but we know him by his other name, Ironman. Holman is an endurance athlete and will out-stamina any of us. It’s just as well that he likes reading and watching movies because then we don’t feel quite so bad.
Vladimir takes the raw functionality of our products and turns them into something users enjoy working with. He's also the visionary behind the look and feel of our branding. He has more than a decade of graphic and web design experience, but it's not what he expected to do. As a little kid he wanted to be a garbage man — he says it has something to do with the orange vests. His interest in and love for comic book design and Blade Runner have probably influenced his approach as well: clear, communicative design with just a hint of the future to get you excited about coming to work.
Anna used to wear two different hats: one was software and the other was journalism. Now at Sourcefabric she gets to wear one big hat that combines the two. As our journalist in residence, she finds stories from within Sourcefabric and communicates them to the outside world through our blog, website and social media channels. Anna loves to travel, and has lived in a number of places including New Delhi, New York and Oslo, but Turkey is her favourite place to visit.
Manolis did his undergraduate studies in marketing and management in Athens followed by a Masters in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in London. He loves problem solving, creative thinking, innovation, music and cooking, to mention a few. Over the past few years his focus has been on marketing strategies and creative strategies for small businesses and start-ups. In 2012 he launched BrokeinLondon.com, a survival guide for Londoners living on a budget. At Sourcefabric, Manolis is helping to increase brand awareness for Sourcefabric's software and bringing quality leads to the business development teams.
Josh grew up in rural Illinois and studied Marketing at Northern Illinois University. Before getting married and moving to Canada, he used to work for a pharmaceutical distributor. He is based in Sourcefabric's Toronto office with the Airtime core team. His talent in sales and communication means he is ideal for not only spreading Sourcefabric's mission in Canada and USA, but also for supporting our growing communities.
Having worked in web hosting industry for a decade, Abbas is a seasoned system engineer. He has worked on all sort of systems (Unix being his favorite) and environments; and therefore has experienced many failures and triumphs in the industry. He likes to automate things and seeks simple solutions for complex problems. Don't go for his looks (he can do over 100 pull-ups in 5 minutes). He is also an avid reader, a self-proclaimed vegetarian and routinely practices Wim Hof Method. When not working, he tinkers with Arduino and solves all kinds of Rubik's cubes you can think of!
Gideon spends most of his time at Sourcefabric meeting with developers and clients alike. He is the glue keeping things together between these two important sides of software development as well as the communicative oil that keeps everyone on track at Sourcefabric. When he's not doing this, he's pounding the roads in training for his latest marathon.
Gregory has spent more than two decades in and around journalism – as a reporter, editor, author, and communications professional. As a writer at Sourcefabric, he believes that a strong media industry starts with solid technology. When Gregory is not crafting blog posts or tweaking the next newsletter, he’s either on the trail or at the keyboard, working on his own writing. He’s also a frequent visitor to South Asia, where the momo, a Tibetan dumpling, is one of his favourite afternoon snacks.
Aleksandar, “Braja”, is Sourcefabric's first SaaS manager. He brings a large skill set to Sourcefabric through his experience as a co-founder of Transitions Online, an external lecturer at Prague college and most recently his work as the team lead of onsite marketing operations, loyalty marketing operations, and finally e-mail marketing operations at eBay. He has been drawn to Sourcefabric since their paths first crossed in the late 1990s (Sourcefabric was called CAMP at the time). He has a son, plays guitar (even records a few songs here and there) and enjoys shooting hoops with friends.
Jacques is an ICT Support Specialist with a total of +-28 years experience, working in a range of ICT environments, from large enterprises to smaller organisations. He has worked with customers in manufacturing, software development, computer hardware manufacturing, retail, global transport and shipping, as well as Tele-Communications. He lives in South Africa, on the most beautiful Western Cape West Coast, in St Helena Bay. He enjoys nature, camping, fishing and boating (with his own boat), and is a self-described "prepper". :)
Marko grew up in the suburbs of Belgrade. While studying natural sciences at theUniversity of Biology, he developed a great passion for technology and computer science.As a very detailed oriented and curious person he found his career in supportmanagement. When Marko isn't around our help desk, you can find him enjoying video games(especially League of Legends), listening to all kinds of music, reading books, and verybad guitar playing.
Gyan has a masters degree in software development, also many years of experience as full-stack web developer. His special fields of interests are front-end development using Angular and React. He is very focused on creating great user experiences. When not working, he loves to spend time with his family and is very enthusiastic about street volleyball.
As a detail-oriented, even meticulous person, Alice found a career match in quality assurance. When she is not testing software, she enjoys gardening, including growing her own herbs for natural medicine. She also likes nature, hiking, swimming, and music.
Having embraced the IT career from 1998, Mikayel worked at various US and European IT companies as Quality Assurance & Automation engineer, utilizing C++ programming skills to address a wide range of analytical problems. He moved with his wife and children to Canada in early 2011 and since March 2012 he is working as a QA for Sourcefabric, making sure that everything is going smoothly. He loves radio, music and enjoys playing football with his kids.
One of our many truly-converted developers (with many more to come), Petr was responsible for Debian projects during 2010’s Google Summer of Code. He is now a true believer of an even more powerful system that he helps to develop - Superdesk. An avid fan of football and jazz, Petr joined Sourcefabric in October 2010 just in time to make it to Sourcecamp, where we learned he is one of the developers who undertalk yet overdeliver which makes him the perfect candidate to work on our secret projects.
I grew up in a small village in the country regions of Australia. It is here where I found my passion for software development, video games and the great outdoors. In 2005 I moved to Sydney to finish off my school years and later obtain a Diploma in Games Design & Development. Most of my work since has been in the Hospitality sector working on the software for networking devices and core infrastructure. Fast forward to 2017 where I joined AAP contributing to Superdesk. Since then I have moved to the Central Coast (north of Sydney), have a baby boy and enjoy working directly for Sourcefabric from home. When I'm not working I like to spend time with family, going to the beach, roughing it in the great outdoors (i.e. camping) and developing my own software.
As the former head of the online services department in ČTK (Czech news agency), out of the box Karel brings news-agency product development experience and knowledge of how business gets done in that particular industry. His primary overarching focus at Sourcefabric is on Superdesk-based products. He speaks Czech and English and says his Russian is rusty, but he can understand the gist of what is being said. In his free time he tries to get his body moving by switching between aikido, beach volleyball, squash, or running and biking.
Tomas is an ambitious and fatigueless front-end developer who is always up for a challenge to push his skills to the limits and make things better. He's been doing software development for over five years and is happy to share his expertise to make Superdesk even better. When it's time to relax Tomas enjoys traveling, learning new things, reading on personal development, science and philosophy.
Working with Superdesk as a front-end developer, Nemanja brings his skills from his previous position with a Swiss IT company that makes websites for the Swiss market and a degree in Information Technology. In addition to this he has also spent a bit of time working as a freelance developer. When Nemanja was a child his greatest love was his LEGO blocks set. He loved to play with them so much that sometimes he did not have time to eat! When he was 10 he began to take an interest in computers and always wondered what it was that started them. He is an impassioned skier, photographer, and traveller and likes animals, especially dogs. Nemanja’s favorite thing is his motorcycle.
Based in Serbia, Ana has been working for Sourcefabric since its foundation as an implementer on diverse, international projects. Graphic and web design skills gained her a degree in archaeology and her passion became her profession. When she is not working, she plays music at Sourcefabric FM radio, goes scuba diving and hiking.
Darko is a professional new media designer and 3D artist from Belgrade, Serbia. With over 15 years of professional experience, he has been working for TV stations, advertising agencies and clients worldwide, including National Television of Serbia, Gowi Group UK, ComTrade Group. After many years involved in motion graphics and 3D animation projects, Darko got into the web design world which is his current occupation. He enjoys spending time with his little boy, out walking and playing table tennis.
CloseHas has been coding for food for the last ~8 years and loves learning new things. Though he doesn't have a single favorite programming language, his top 3 are: SML, Haskell and Python. On my not so nerd side, he loves watching football especially The Champions League. Also, he likes video games especially FIFA and Clash Royale, though he says he is bad at them. He adds: "Oh, and sorry Richard Hendriks, but spaces > tabs."
Maja joins Sourcefabric as a Junior Front-End Developer and she will be working on our open source CMS, Newscoop. She is currently studying Internet Technologies with the ICT College and working alongside our design and implementations in Belgrade.
Pavla has been working with Sourcefabric since the very beginning. During those years she covered different duties from being our internal travel agent, Sourcecamp event's organiser and office manager. Pavla is involved in office management, HR and finances. She does all the support we need to do our jobs most effectively. Pavla is a yoga teacher and enjoys travelling, hiking and playing badminton.
Sněženka is in charge of baths, naps and coughing up occasional creative ideas! Her specialisation arises from her background in burying mistakes. Before she joined Sourcefabric, she was in charge of mouse acquisitions for a competitor. Lots of candidates applied for this position but Sněženka won us over with her ability to find the best possible place to lie down on the job -- she can easily cover a whole workspace. If you want to arrange a meeting with her, you can bribe her with kitty treats and she'll move you to the top of her list.
As a child, Tomasz wanted to become a rock star but that didn't happen, so he decided to study computer science. Sourcefabric is very proud to have such a talented developer in its team. Tomasz also organises barcamps, open coffee meetings and hackdays - a yearly new media festival. He is a sound engineer at Students Radio Żak and still plays the bass as a hobby.
Although an architect by profession, Ljuba's been deep into web development for years. Discovered Campsite in 2001 while searching for the appropriate CMS for the online publication of his father's monthly and now is a fully signed-up Newscoop implementor and designer. Father of Sofija and Pavle, he’s a runner, biker, trekker, organic gardener, and great photographer.
Nareg joins us in Toronto as our senior QA engineer. He is in charge of making sure things go smoothly and that those pesky bugs stay away. He holds his B.S. degree in computer science from Ryerson University in Toronto and has extensive programming and QA experience. Nareg switched to QA domain with Lycos Europe in 2005. His most recent position was as a QA engineer at RobotForce, a Toronto-based company providing solutions for customised websites. Nareg has swum across Lake Sevan in Armenia, loves kids (even though he only has one) and thinks Legos are awesome.
Matt is from rural Illinois, just outside Chicago. He helps Sourcefabric users make the most of our great software! When Matt isn’t running our help desk and live chat, he is pursuing his hobbies of reading, drinking tea, playing video games, watching anime, and running tabletop role playing games.
Has a degree in graphic and web design (not just one), and a couple years experience as a full-time designer and web developer. His special fields of interest are the user interface and user experience design. When he's not busy designing websites, he's developing them. He loves nature and animals ... all kinds of animals (and that's a lot of animals).
My first encounter with Sourcefabric was in 2014 when I visited their office in Prague. From then on I worked with the Superdesk team day in and day out to deliver the first production release of Superdesk for Australian Associated Press. Before joining AAP, I worked in finance and advertising. My way parted from AAP after almost 7 years in 2016 but I wanted to continue contributing to Superdesk and here I am. In my spare time first thing comes to my mind would be to go down to beach in summer or go for a hike in Australian bush in winter.
Jérôme has been a Free Software lover and developer for a longtime. After having worked on different projects and lived in different places, life brought him to Prague. With a strong interest in Free software, he naturally found Sourcefabric, where he is now working as a Python developer for Superdesk. Jérôme also works in his spare time on an ethical communication tool based on XMPP. He has also travelled a bit, doing a "hippie style" trip around Australia in a 25 years old Campervan.
Krešimir Žigić is associate professor of economics at CERGE-EI, a Prague-based graduate economics programme.
Our nonprofit parent organisation Sourcefabric z.ú. was founded in 2010 to support independent journalism worldwide through open-source digital media solutions.
In 2015, Sourcefabric Ventures s.r.o (registered in the Czech Republic) was set up as a commercial subsidiary of Sourcefabric z.ú..
All profits from Sourcefabric Ventures are used to further develop our open-source products and support the nonprofit mission of Sourcefabric z.ú.
Our media development work is aimed at providing both core and experimental tools in independent media organisations in places where independent journalism requires external support.
Sourcefabric is headed up by our Managing Director Sava Tatić and is governed by an external board. Our Board of Directors ensure that we stay true to our mission and carry out quality work in an efficient and effective manner.
All Sourcefabric software is open source which, in practice, means that our code is publicly available and free for you to download. You are free to use and shape it according to your own preferences and needs. When you shape the software to meet your requirements, these changes will not only be beneficial to you but also to other users.
Our open source approach to software projects minimises expensive software licenses and in many cases completely eliminates them. There are no forced upgrade costs. Plus, you get fast and continual feature development, easy integration of third party tools, greater robustness, increased software durability and a worldwide community of experience and expertise to draw from.
We primarily believe in open source because, simply put, it allows people to do things that they could not otherwise afford to do. It allows passion to become a currency, one that we readily accept.
We want to provide the highest quality software that is flexible enough to adapt to the rapidly changing industry in which we are operating. We believe that this can happen through collective minds working on open, accessible, shared technology.
You can download and install any of our tools for free. Or, if you prefer, you can ask us about managed hosting and custom development.
The media plays a pivotal role in the dissemination of free speech, the strengthening of democracy, economic development, accountability and political discourse in countries across the globe. Sourcefabric has closely examined the needs of independent media through our direct involvement with a range of media worldwide, as well as our engagement with international expert networks such as the Online News Association, the Global Forum for Media Development and Hacks/Hackers.
Media development is important in assisting independent media in making the transition from short-term editorial independence to long-term sustainability. They are in need of tailored multi-platform strategies that reflect local context and in-country infrastructure and need the ability to innovate at a pace that outstrips competition from better-resourced organisations.
Sourcefabric is able to provide the most modern tools for independent media in both developed and developing countries. This is unique among media development organisations worldwide.